From an early age on (approx a nine-year-old) I had two favourite celebrities: Diana Ross and Lauren Bacall. That might sound weird for a 9 year-old but it’s true. I guess I started spotting style at an early age. I got my obsession with Lauren Bacall after seeing her in the movie Murder on the Orient Express. I was intrigued by her deep distinctive voice and sultry look especially. I admired her poise and presence, and the fashion she wore. Now that I think about it, it is kind of exceptional that I recognized all of that at that age. Later on in life, I got to appreciate her sophistication and class even more. So it was with great sadness that I found out Bacall, one of the leading ladies of the Golden Hollywood age, died earlier today. She made such a huge impression on me, and was such an interesting lady, much more than looks alone.[continue reading after photo]
It was the Harper’s Bazaar cover (shown below) that launched her career. Before her debut movie To Have and Have not, she was a fashion magazine model. Once discovered she was brought to Hollywood to star next to Humphrey Bogart. In her movies she exudes style, independence and elegance but also sexuality with her husky voice and THE look. But what I loved most about her in the later years, was how frank she was in interviews, down to earth, and most of all, how gracefully she aged. In honour of the legendary actress, and style icon, a round up of my favourite quotes and photos of the Lady with the Look.
“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t”
“You can’t always be a leading lady”
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that”
Lauren Bacall 1924 – 2014
Photo credits: Corbis, Getty images